Why Audi isn't going radical

Why Audi isn't going radical

Rocked but reinvigorated by defeat in last year's WEC, Audi has given its R18 a ground-up going-over in a bid to stay on top at Le Mans and take the fight to Toyota and Porsche in the sprint races. GARY WATKINS outlines what it's done

Audi looked like a wounded giant at the end of last year's World Endurance Championship. It might have triumphed in the Le Mans 24 Hours and kept the championship open to the penultimate round in Bahrain, but it was outgunned on the Tilkedromes that made up much of the second leg of the series.

Now it is back with a major update of its R18 e-tron quattro and a real confidence that it will be in the fight for the WEC titles as well as a 14th victory in the race that really matters in France on the middle weekend of June.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just